The Best of FanGraphs: May 16-20, 2016

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community Research.

Carson Cistulli belted out his broadcast TV rankings. He broke them into four pieces. Also, he ranked the Red Sox team too high. Any broadcast team with Steve Lyons on it should automatically be in the bottom half.
Intro and #31-32
#30 – #21
#20 – #11
#10 – #1

A Reintroduction, by Eric Longenhagen
We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back Eric to the fold, this time as our lead prospect analyst. He talked about his plans here, and then hit the ground running with his first report from Arizona and first chat.

A New BABIP for a Statcast Era, by Andrew Perpetua
“My version of xBABIP is a pure batting stat. It only measures the player’s ability to bat the ball on an angle and speed conducive to reaching base safely, nothing more.” Oh, is that all? Andrew may be a little too modest.

If You Build It, They Will Bottleneck, by Chris Gigley
A very well researched piece from Chris that shows that Atlanta’s new ballpark will likely have the same traffic problems as its old ballpark.

Players’ View: Broadcasters and Radio Baseball, by David Laurila
To commemorate Carson’s rankings, David asked a variety of players, coaches and broadcasters about their favorite broadcasters.

Tyler Wilson and His Five Plus Pitches, by mtamburri922
FYI, five pitches is a lot of pitches.

The Cause of Lengthening MLB Games, by Dave Cameron
As usual, Dave is right on top of things.

Adam Eaton Has Been Baseball’s Quietest Superstar, by August Fagerstrom
Hard to look at the leaderboard in this piece, and not remember that the Dbacks gave him up for Mark Trumbo, A.J. Schugel and Brandon Jacobs. How’d that work out for Arizona?

The Redemption of Matt Bush, by Justin Mason
Not your typical fantasy baseball story, and very well done by Justin.

Real Bet(t)is, by The Birchwood Brothers
In this piece, the brothers coin a new term for people who stream starting pitchers, and also name check a French philosopher. All in a day’s work.

What Jackie Bradley Jr. Figured Out, by Jeff Sullivan
Hint: It’s hitting offspeed pitches.

What exactly do launch angles mean, anyway?, by Andrew Perpetua
This piece has all the xBACON and eggs you have.

What’s Wrong With Matt Harvey?, by Eno Sarris
Eno thinks that everything’s gonna be alright.

Your Team Chemistry Ratings, by Jeff Sullivan
Two teams in the NL East fared very poorly here, at least in comparison to expectations. Can you guess which two???

The Most Amazing Bartolo Colón Fact, by Brian Reinhart
Big Sexy isn’t a fan of issuing walks. Note: This piece has oodles of fun, awesome facts.

Paul Swydan used to be the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for and The Boston Globe. Now, he owns The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Acton, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan. Follow the store @SilUnicornActon.

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